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Outdoor Research Exos Pants

The Exos Pants has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best soft shell pants for 2022.

photo: Outdoor Research Exos Pants soft shell pant


Price Historic Range: $89.96-$175.00
Reviewers Paid: $95.00-$100.00


4 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   3
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Don't leave home without it, that is, unless it's totally rainy or too hot. In my experiences with this pant it does not have a shortcoming. I wore them hiking in snow, lower 30s, 30mph winds with smartwool mid pants under them and I was talking about how comfortable I was the whole time. Never hot never cold. I was adding and shedding top layers the whole time but my legs were perfect. I have never gotten wet in them so far. Never been in a straight up storm, but in some moderate rain with no probs.

I wear them around town too and they are comfortable going from walking in cold rain to entering a heated store. They transition well to not make me overheat. Today it was 35ish and drizzling (?) when I went for a 3mile run wearing them, undies and a smartwool mid top. I was totally comfortable, never overheated and when I was walking back home they kept me warm even though I had been sweating in them. They shed the PNW rains perfectly. Can't wait to do more extensive hikes in them. My fav pant by far- and I like these so much, I ordered OR Tremor pants for colder weather.

I'm 6' 200lbs and got the larges. They fit perfectly everywhere, not too loose, or tight. Plus they stretch well so movement is great. The waist is like a 35 so they are a little too tight to put on my 100wt fleece pants under, but my SW mids are fine. I'm getting the Tremors in L and XL so I can have the option to add insulating layers under for skiing.

Fabric: Cordura
Price Paid: discount

These pants held up well in blizzard conditions without shell pants.

Price Paid: under $100

As an avid x-country skier in the Catskill Mts. of upstate NY, I'm always on the look-out for comfortable, lightweight, flexible, and weatherproof, outerwear. the OR Exos pants are my first OR product. My other ski pants are Sporthill XC, Mountain Hardwear, and REI.

The Exos fit as advertised: roomy, semi-form fitting, not bulky. The zip pockets are unobtrusive and functional. The fabric has stretch and is semi-windproof (10-20 mph breezes). The OR Exos pants withstand wet snow and misting conditions but are not waterproof...although, quick drying when wet from Spring snow conditions. At the sale price of $95 they are a solid addition to my outerwear and stylish enough to wear out for a beverage or informal dinner after a day on the trail.

Fabric: spandex/nylon blend....
Price Paid: $95

I received this as a gift and was hopeful that it would be as good as my OR Specter Pullover, I wasn't disapointed. It fits me very well and is loose in the areas that it needs to be, yet fitted where necessary. There are four pockets. The hand pockets are made of a heavy mesh that I haven't broken yet, and the side pockets are made of the same material as the pants. All four are deep and I can't seem to fill them up. The legs have zipper wideners that open about 3 inches and they are stretchy.

Price Paid: $100

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